Crissy Field is the crown jewel of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Once a military airstrip, the area is now an environmentally diverse sanctuary where people can walk, windsurf, and enjoy the bay at leisure. Dog lovers come to walk their dogs and take advantage of the various off-leash areas that Crissy Field has to offer.
Along Crissy Field’s promenade, you will encounter preserved tidal marshlands and several benches and picnic areas where you can rest. All along the coast, where the ocean meets the sand, dogs are allowed to run off-leash as long as they are well within voice control. Trees are dispersed along the path, providing shade and relief from sunny, warm days. There are several drinking fountains and bathrooms located near the parking lots. Additionally, there is a large grassy field close to the docks and parking lot off of Mason Street, and dogs are allowed to run off leash in this open space.
Although dogs are allowed off-leash within Crissy Field year-round, there are areas where dogs and pets are strictly prohibited. Snowy Plovers occupy the west beach during all but the summer months, and during these times dogs are not allowed on the beach. Any areas that are roped off or under construction are prohibited to both humans and dogs, so make sure you are able to keep your dog out and away from those areas. Due to the vastness of the park, you should bring your own poop bags and do your part to pick up after your dog—even on the beach—and keep the area clean and beautiful.
Crissy Field offers dog walkers and city residents a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city, without having to leave! Come visit and enjoy the breaking waves, a long walk along the promenade, and let your dog run free, provided that you are keeping the environment and surrounding wildlife close in mind.